I was always under the misguided impression that as you age, you sleep better. I guess I was looking forward to that. Either I’m not at the magic age yet, or I was lied to! I’ve always had trouble sleeping, but lately it’s getting much worse. An average night goes something like this:
1. Between 8:00 and 9:00pm my eyes get very heavy. It’s pretty normal to catch me doing the old head bob as I’m working at my computer or watching a tv program. Now, to be fair, I do get up between 4:30 and 5:00am, so I think I have the right to be a little tired.
2. I sluggishly climb into bed, looking forward to blissful slumber.
3. I wiggle around, finding the perfect sleeping position. Sighing deeply, I close my eyes and prepare for sweet dreams.
4. Suddenly, my eyes pop open and magically I’m wide awake.
5. I switch positions. I close my eyes.
6. My eyes pop open and my mind starts thinking of all the things I need to do.
7. I swear.
8. I switch positions and squeeze my eyes shut tight.
9. I wait and wait and wait.
10. My eyes pop open and I swear.
I could continue, but I think I got my point across. At some point, I finally sleep. I know this because I will wake up bright-eyed and ready to go! I look at the alarm clock only to see that it’s still the middle of the night. Usually, I wake up around 1am. I then start the entire procedure over again.
In October, I will turn 55 and officially be a senior citizen. Maybe that’s when the sleeping starts?